Congress says it is not against Telangana

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 12:50 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Congress, which is facing flak over the Telangana issue in Andhra Pradesh, said it was "not against the formation of the Telangana state" but wanted the process of due consultations to be completed for "an amicable solution" at the earliest.

"We are not against the formation of Telangana...but the process of consultations has be completed as many constitutional provisions have to be discussed with the stake holders," Congress spokesperson P.C. Chacko told reporters here.

"We are in the process of taking a decision," he said, amid a raging protest in Telangana region for a separate state, to be carved out of Andhra Pradesh.

According to Chacko, "consultations are on at all levels and are in an advanced stage" with various stakeholders. He expressed hope that "an amicable solution would emerge soon".

He refused to comment if the decision could come before parliament's budget session begins in the third week of February.

The Congress and the central government have faced flak for deferring the Jan 28 deadline for a decision on the vexed issue, set by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Dec 28, 2012, after an all party meet to evolve consensus.

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